Skincare SOS: My new day cream face saviours


The changeable weather isn’t half playing havoc with my skin. I am slathering (literally, SLATHERING) on the hand cream, nail oil, body lotion and face moisturiser in an attempt to stave off the cold air / warm air / central heating / wind effects on my poor old skin.

I’ve always looked after my skin (I never, for example, go to bed without taking off my make up), but have stepped it up a gear in the past six months. By this I mean adopted an actual regime of cleanse, tone, moisturise, night cream, oils – the works. Getting those first grey hairs really slapped it home that I can’t be taking it all for granted and actually people, there is WORK TO DO here.

So as I’ve nearly finished these products, I thought I’d give a little run down of the four I have been religiously using each day (I have extras for night, but will post about this another time). I would say I have combination skin, so I tend to get hormonal spots around my nose and chin where it’s a bit oilier, but everywhere else is dry to normal.

Using these four things have made a big difference to the texture and quality of my skin – it’s way more moisturised and those little pimples have become far less obvious. Warning: Extreme bare-faced skin close up below.


So. What are they? Well:

Emma Hardie Amazing Face Natural Lift And Sculpt Moringa Cleansing Balm (available at Feel Unique, but is now also stocked at Marks & Spencer)

Oh I love this. The texture is like that of an oily balm, which you mix with a few drops of warm water so it becomes milky and then apply to your face. It melts everything off and leaves my face feeling clean, revitalised and calm. This is a great wash for dehydrated skin and also for mature skin. Oh and it smells beautiful – hints of orange, neroli, jasmine, cedarwood and rose. It also comes with a double sided cloth – and can I just extol the virtues of the good ol’-fashioned flannel? I haven’t used one for YEARS, but have been doing so religiously to get rid of all the make up and give my skin a little exfoliate at the same time. Buy cheap ones from HEMA or Boots.

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Rodial Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Tonic (available here)

I spritz this on straight after cleansing (usually while I’m cleaning my teeth) and it hydrates to give an extra layer of moisture. It contains rosewater so is great for sensitive skin – and it can also be used on aeroplanes to give your skin a bit of a freshen up.

Clinique Smart Custom Repair Serum (From Feel Unique)

After the spritz of Dragon’s Blood (I know, awful name, great product), I pump a couple of drops of this Clinique serum onto my fingers and apply to my face (in an upwards motion). It sorts out all those pesky things like wrinkles, uneven skin tone and lack of radiance. Like most Clinique products, it’s fragrance-free, and it feels lovely. I have been really impressed by this.

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Emma Hardie AM/PM Moisturiser (available from Feel Unique)

Even though I use a separate serum, this lovely moisturiser has the benefits of both serum and moisturiser which you can use – as the name suggests – in the morning and at night. Lavender, geranium and peppermint essential oils (yummy smell) help revitalise the skin, plus it’s a light texture so easily absorbed.

Which skincare products do you swear by?


  • Comments ( 3 )

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    Lucy Mitchell

    I’ve been putting layer after layer of Marks and Spencers Royal Jelly Body Cream (the intensive one) onto my face while watching House of Cards. I put one on, it soaks in and repeat, about four times. Watching Robin Wright is sort of an incentive. My skin is noticeably softer the next day. P.s. it says on the tub not recommended for facial use, but obviously I ignored that and have noticed no side effects other than this one is cheaper and bigger than the facial equivalent.

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      I’m doing a similar thing with my hand and nail oil/cream, also during a binge watch of House of Cards. Perhaps Robin subliminally does this to us. I also look at her in those dresses and think that I should never eat carbs again…

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    Leo Sigh

    I never use anything but olive oil on my skin, and it’s been flawless since I started cleansing with it twice a day (just rub it in and then remove with a cloth dipped into hot water). It’s also cheap and even gets rid of fine lines. Can’t recommend it enough.

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